Peter Cook

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Archigram


This is the first monograph on Archigram, a chronicle of the work of a group of young British architects that became the most influential architecture movement of the 1960s, as told by the members themselves. It includes material published in the early issues of their iconic and influential journal, as well as numerous texts, poems, comics, photocollages, drawings and fantastical architecture projects. Work presented includes Instant City, pod living, the Features Monte Carlo entertainment centre, Blowout Village, and the Cushicle personalized enclosure. Still considered THE Archigram book.

Hardcover first US edition (1973) in illustrated dust-jacket.

The main members of Archigram were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene. Designer Theo Crosby was the “hidden hand” behind the group. Especially active between 1961 and 1974,  when this book was published, the group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions worldwide – the significance of their work continues to be felt today. Their radical re-definitions of domestic architecture and urban planning, as well as an aesthetic that transcends practical function, had wide-felt repercussions on contemporary British art of the 1960s and the subsequent avant-garde in architecture at that time in Europe, Japan, and America. Their work inspired two like-minded Italian collectives, Archizoom and Superstudio and Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’ Centre Pompidou (1972-76) in Paris, as well as buildings by Japanese “metabolist” architects such as Kenzo Tange’s Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center (1965-70) in Tokyo. Archigram responded to comic books and pop music, space travel and moon landing, science fiction and the exciting new technologies of the sixties and seventies, their inspirations came from architects and artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut, and Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes, communicating their ideas through Archigram magazine as well as though traditional architectural renderings, gallery exhibitions, multi-media installations, and collage. Their unique style of rendering often emphasized concepts over architectural forms, and had an enormous influence on modern architectural drawing techniques as well as the conceptualization of architectural ideas.

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Archigram
Experimental Architecture 1961-1974

The exceptional, lavish and quickly out-of-print Japanese Archigram book, published in 2005 to accompany a major retrospective exhibition that presented the Archigram archives, “Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974” at Contemporary Art Gallery Art Tower Mito. This first and only printing comes wrapped in a thick, transparent printed acetate dust-jacket and presents page after page of full-bleed colour photographic documentation of this exhibition (installations, drawings, collages, paintings, models, ephemera), punctuated with incredible facsimile inserts sampling Archigram’s many influential publications from the 1960s and 1970s, enclosed in printed envelopes and fold-out spreads spanning different paper-stocks and formats across the book.
The Exhibition focused on the innovative concepts and visionary projects of Archigram, an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s – based at the Architectural Association, London – that was neofuturistic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects, including “Capsule Homes” (1964), “Plug-In City” (1964), “Walking City” (1964), “Instant City” (1968),  “Cushicle” (1969)…
The main members of the group were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene. Designer Theo Crosby was the “hidden hand” behind the group. Especially active between 1961 and 1974,  the group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions worldwide – the significance of their work continues to be felt today. Their radical re-definitions of domestic architecture and urban planning, as well as an aesthetic that transcends practical function, had wide-felt repercussions on contemporary British art of the 1960s and the subsequent avant-garde in architecture at that time in Europe, Japan, and America. Their work inspired two like-minded Italian collectives, Archizoom and Superstudio and Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’ Centre Pompidou (1972-76) in Paris, as well as buildings by Japanese “metabolist” architects such as Kenzo Tange’s Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center (1965-70) in Tokyo. Archigram responded to comic books and pop music, space travel and moon landing, science fiction and the exciting new technologies of the sixties and seventies, their inspirations came from architects and artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut, and Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes, communicating their ideas through Archigram magazine as well as though traditional architectural renderings, gallery exhibitions, multi-media installations, and collage. Their unique style of rendering often emphasized concepts over architectural forms, and had an enormous influence on modern architectural drawing techniques as well as the conceptualization of architectural ideas.

Texts in English and Japanese, including essays, profiles of Archigram members, and an interview with Peter Cook.
Great copy in fine, As New condition of this densely-layered and impressive book that reflects the Archigram ethos superbly.

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Peter Cook
1961-1989 (a+u Extra Edition)

First and only printing from 1989 of this a+u Extra Edition volume dedicated to the work of Peter Cook – English architect, writer, creator of the “Plug-In City” and central founding member of Archigram, an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s – based at the Architectural Association, London and seen as forefathers of radical architecture, leading the way for groups such as Archizoom and Superstudio.

This book is entirely comprised of Cook’s incredible, unique and highly influential neofuturistic renderings, airbrush paintings and collages for designs of hypothetical architectural projects, environment design, domestic landscapes and city plans. Through exquisite sci-fi pop technical drawings, Cook created radical alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes. A large majority of the works never appearing in any other book. Beautifully printed in Japan with vivid full-colour illustrations from cover to cover, including many fold-outs. Texts in English and Japanese. A very lovely volume on this visionary architect and thinker.

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Beyond Environment
Emanuele Piccardo, Amit Wolf (Eds.)

 

Beyond Environment presents the potent interchange between architecture, Land Art, and Performance Art that emerged through Italian architect Gianni Pettena’s idealized collaboration with American artists Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson in the 1970s. Captivated by a journey to the USA in 1971, Pettena would converse with the American Midwest, a conversation culminating in his meeting with Robert Smithson in Salt Lake City. Earlier in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pettena’s experiments in material trans- formations helped create some of the architect’s most iconic works. Staged in an abandoned school and in a non-descriptive suburban house, and titled Ice House I and II, Pettena would pour water into the mold works he created around the buildings’ perimeter walls. Curing during the winter night to a coat of ice, the houses resonated with their conceptual predecessor, Kaprow’s Fluids of 1967, as well as with an incomparable contemporary architectural sensibly concerned with the effects of variedly compounded, highly eidetic archi- tectural surfaces. Emanuele Piccardo is an architect and a curator working from Genoa, Italy; Amit Wolf is an architect, curator, and Lecturer at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles. With contributions and works of Peter Cook, Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta Clark, Superstudio; and interviews with Gianni Pettena, Ugo La Pietra, Lapo Binazzi, Fabio Sargentini.

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